I'll do my best not to get political on my blog here, especially since the main focus for it has always been sharing artwork and giant monster-related trivia, but I'll gladly make exceptions for insidious situations such as the Federal Trade Commission's latest naked attempt as screwing over the lowly citizen (you and me alike) COPPA.
Short for The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, COPPA is a openly naked excuse for both the Federal Trade Commission and big corporate government in general (regardless if there's a republican or democrat in office) to ruin the lives of regular citizens, consumers, and aspiring creators alike.
It's also terribly telling how YouTube (the company and its holders alike) is playing dumb and trying to wave COPPA off as some minor inconvenience in their own videos on the matter, suspiciously buried beneath some lesser-yet-no-less-vexing changes to their service.
Like many of my closest friends, I absolutely hate that we have to fight against this establishment-based madness seemingly every day now (SOPA, Net Neutrality, Ajit Pai, etc) but COPPA, by comparison, is truly heinous and needs more way attention before it's to late.
Link to a Major Petition Against COPPA: http://chng.it/kLnwsSJzFv
Link to FTC for Comments (try to be civil, please): https://bit.ly/31XAEXJ
The following collection of videos that are also about COPPA and how we can, hopefully, fight against it.
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Brian Hull - Coppa and the Future of My Channel.
Direct from Faith's Take: All of your favorite creators could be losing their livelihoods thanks to YouTube complying with COPPA. Go give them all the support you can. It could be the beginning of the end for us all starting on January 1st.
Direct from Creator Fundamentals: Fight Back Against FTC COPPA. The upcoming changes regarding YouTube FTC COPPA are very concerning to many creators. They could mean a significant loss of revenue and other obstacles that will be difficult to overcome. BUT there is still time to fight back! Watch this video to see what YOU can do before time runs out.
Chadtronic - Marking “Not For Kids” Doesn’t Protect You - COPPA Update
Direct from Ian Corzine: YouTube is not telling you the whole truth about COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and the consequences are disastrous. FTC fines of $42,530 per video, video de-publication, and worse the loss of your channel. In today’s video, I take you through an in-depth history of COPPA, YouTube & the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), including when the FTC fines YouTube. I tell you what you can expect from COPPA & YouTube as of January 1, 2020.